She is an activist, an actress, and American – and it is these things among many others that make Meghan Markle a truly unique princess-to-be, one unlike any that the British monarchy has had before.
The former Suits actress is set to wed her very own prince charming on May 19th, having successfully bagged herself the most eligible bachelor in the world.
And while tradition is the cornerstone of the monarchy as we know it, it is a safe bet to assume that Harry and Meghan’s wedding will not be shackled so tightly by tradition and pomp, as has been the case in the royal weddings of yesteryear
And the public seem to be welcoming a fun and modern spin on a tradition as old as time itself, after all this is a more progressive, independently minded couple for the modern generation and a modern United Kingdom, and on top of this, they both have fun loving personalities, and it seems as though Meghan has taken steps to reflect this in their wedding celebrations.
The royal household has already reportedly clashed over the progressive ideas of the royal couple-to-be, as it was reported on earlier this month.
As the ceremony is set to be held at Windsor Chapel on the 19th May. But despite preparations for their big day being well under way, it is said that plans for the main event are already causing a rift in the family, as reportedly, Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, is clashing with his son over some of his and Meghan’s ideas.
The main issue is reported to be Prince Charles’ suggestion of chief organiser, a job which the future king is apparently pushing to be given to his former valet Michael Fawcett.
But apparently, the idea is said to have gone down like a “lead balloon” with the husband and wife to be.
A royal source told The Mirror: “The Prince of Wales thinks Michael is a wonderful events organiser. But the suggestion has created tensions.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly planning to have more of a “fun” and “quirky” wedding ceremony, and have already vetoed the idea pitched to them by royal aids to have a “white and classic” wedding.
But despite the reported clashes over what should go down on the big day itself – it seems as though Meghan has already taken another huge step in bringing the royal family and the monarchy into a new, more progressive and more forward thinking age – one that respects traditions, but does not blindly adhere to them.
In an interesting spin on traditional royal ceremonies, Meghan herself will be delivering a speech at the reception, wherein she will give an “affectionate” tribute to her new husband and her new family – breaking, in the process, a royal tradition that is hundreds of years old.
The Sunday Times reports that the former actress is understood to be ready to speak during a reception at Windsor Castle following the wedding ceremony on May 19th, which is expected to be a more intimate affair than assumed best man Prince William’s lavish wedding extravaganza, and will be attended by an equally intimate 800 guests – for royal wedding standards anyway.
According to The Independent, it is understood that Meghan’s 73 year old father, Thomas – a former Hollywood lighting director – is likely to be walking her down the aisle, it is less likely, however, that he will be making a speech at the reception, as he is known to be quite a shy and reclusive individual.
And that is where the idea of Meghan Markle giving her speech comes from, as she is expected to include a thank you to The Queen and the royal family, as well as other family and friends, and she may even dare to make a few jokes during her speech at the reception, would be no small feat, given that her audience includes the actual Queen.
No pressure then.
But when it comes to pressure, you can be sure that Meghan Markle will probably not be too troubled by speaking in front of 800 people, even if it is a rather royal 800 people, as she is already quite the accomplished public speaker, as well as being a trained actress.
A source close to the occasion spoke to The Sunday Times and said: “The feeling is if Meghan’s father doesn’t speak for her, she wants to have the chance to thank her husband and everyone who has supported them.”
“Harry thinks it’s a great idea.”
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And as a former editor in chief of lifestyle website The Tig, we know that Meghan has a firm command of the English language, so that will only make her better prepared for the speech, as well as her speeches at the 2015 U.N Women’s conference, in which she gave a passionate speech regarding her interest in fighting for worthy causes from the earliest age.
In the speech, she said: “When I was in grade school, I saw this sexist commercial for dish soap.
“With [the Riveter’s] ‘We can do it!’ mantra in mind, I wrote a letter to Procter & Gamble, Hillary Clinton, and Nick News anchor Linda Ellerbee, who sent a camera crew to meet me.
“Guess what? They changed the commercial.”
Meghan – who is expected to be made a Duchess on the day of the wedding – also said: “They changed it from ‘Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans’ to ‘People all over America,’
“It means that a wife is equal to her husband, a sister to her brother. Not better, not worse—they are equal.
“It was at that moment that I realized the magnitude of my actions,
“At the age of 11, I had created my small level of impact by standing up for equality.”
As of yet, we still do not know about the hotly anticipated best man speech, which is highly rumoured to be delivered by Harry’s brother Prince William, and although he hasn’t been officially named as best man yet, it is hotly suggested that he will be.